By Keith Boutte
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honorexcept in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. ~Mark 6:4-6 NKJV
Jesus returned to his hometown where everyone there saw him grow from a child into a man. They saw Jesus and identified Him as a carpenter, the son of Mary and named some of His siblings. They wondered where Jesus learned so much hearing Him preach on the Sabbath in the synagogue. Look at their reaction in Mark 6:2-3 NKJV, which says, “And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, ‘Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?’ So they were offended at Him.”
Should we be surprised when people doubt us? When hearing the Word of God flowing out of us like living water and say, “yeah, he/she’s not all that.” So why is it that people who know us and our past question our knowledge, understanding and the message? Truth be told there must be a change in us, a different look in our eyes. Love must be pouring out of us like a river of living water. Our peaceful demeanor and calm spirit with the wisdom of God’s Word flowing from our mouths from the guidance of Holy Spirit. Desiring God’s will for our lives, not our own way of seeing and thinking.
The only way we can transfer our faith in Jesus is to love others as He does—unconditionally. Rejection must bounce off of us, our pride must be subdued and a peaceful reply given to harsh demeaning comments. We must simply give no room to our fleshly nature and give joy for morning and love in the face of hate.
Jesus was rejected for being known in his community, his home town, his friends and neighbors. His reputation must have been flawless—He Never Sinned! It had to be hard to be Jesus’ siblings. He was the oldest, was perfect and without fault. His half siblings may have murmured behind Mary’s back “why can’t you be like your older brother Jesus!”
My/our story is different, we have sinned, we have lied, cheated, stole, offended unjustly, hated others, used people for our gain and rejected God. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” ~1 John 1:8-10 NKJV
And for every unjust thing we have done or spoken repentance for with a change of heart, brings us back to right standing with God. Jesus, our God and perfect example will never reject a plea for forgiveness, He will never leave us nor forsake us when we wholeheartedly repent of our sin.
Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV commands, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” This scripture is not a suggestion and not for only a chosen few—we must own it just as we own our salvation. We are not all the same and our differences are needed to reach the masses. However, God made you and He also equipped you with a way to reach the lost. There will be no celebration or trophies for most souls won, but all will receive a crown according to what we did with what God gave us.
Rejection is to be expected, failure will happen and unworthiness will jump on your back like a ton of bricks, but be of good courage. Jesus has overcome it all for us.
Mark 5:36 NKJV reminds us, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.'”
No matter what we face in life, we only have to believe Jesus’ Word, and walk in faith knowing our future is secured eternally.